Worth It PT

Pregnancy and Postpartum

Why see a Physical Therapist during pregnancy and postpartum? 

Pregnancy is a unique time of our lives, where our body is constantly changing and adapting. A pelvic floor physical therapist can help guide you through it, as well as help you prepare for giving birth and your early postpartum journey!

 

Postpartum never ends. We repeat: postpartum is for life! Our bodies have changed since having a baby. We support you throughout these changes to help you get back to feeling healthy, pain-free, and ready to live your new best life.

Since this time of your life is unique, we recommend being picky with your medical providers. Read more about why private pay physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum is worth it. 

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What does Pregnancy PT treat?

  • Pain / Discomfort
    • Back pain or hip pain

    • Pelvic pain 

    • Pubic dysfunction (SPD) or SI joint pain

    • Sciatica

    • Heaviness, pulling, pressure in the pelvis
       

  • Exercise
    • Consultation on your current exercise regime to make it work for you throughout all trimesters

    • Help you develop a new exercise regime if you're unsure of what to do for your body

    • Monitor medical considerations that can come with pregnancy (high blood pressure, gestational diabetes etc), tailoring your exercise / activity plan to keep you safely moving

    • Wondering if exercise during pregnancy is safe? Read more on our blog
       

  • Preparing for Birth
    • Education on preparing your pelvic floor for birth

    • Teaching you stretches to relax pelvic floor

    • Perineal massages to reduce risk of tearing

    • Education on pushing and utilizing breath work during labor


What does Postpartum PT treat?
  • Pain / Discomfort
    • Back pain or hip pain
      (or any other orthopedic pain)

    • Pelvic pain / pubic bone pain

    • Sciatica

    • Heaviness, pulling, pressure in the pelvis 

    • Abdominal pain / scar & incision pain 

    • Pain with penetration (sex, tampon, speculum)
       

  • Exercise​
    • How to return to exercise once cleared, as well as modifications required to help you safely achieve those new goals

    • How to safely lift more than 20 pounds (because yes you can, and you'll need to!)

    • Returning to running and heavy weight lifting postpartum 
       

  • Pelvic Floor / Diastasis Recti
    • Healing your core and pelvic floor from the trauma of pregnancy and giving birth 

    • Help with having regular bowel movements (constipation is common, but not normal!) 

    • Alleviation of leaking (urine, stool, or gas); also known as urinary incontinence